The European Commission’s new Work Programme for 2021 this week signals a shift in focus from strategy to delivery, from planning for the green and digital transition in Europe, to making it happen. It’s a shift that’s anticipated and reflected in our work here in Orgalim this past month.
The rhythm and intensity of Orgalim activities and engagement has been accelerating, as I think you can see from this latest roundup of our news, policy work and events. And there’s a clear common thread running through it all, namely how to deliver key policy elements of the strategic ambition to build a green, digital and resilient Europe. Our recent Industrial Strategy in Focus roundtable on the Circular Economy Action Plan is a case in point. It brought together policy makers and industry – and +/- 200 attendees – for a deep dive into what it will take to move Europe closer to a workable and effective circular economy. We have two more events in the series coming up, digging into vital questions on the EU’s Industrial Strategy relating to Europe’s future trade strategy and to AI in its industrial context. We hope to see many of you there.
As the Commission itself acknowledged this week, given the long-term and transformative nature of the initiatives planned, it is more important than ever to legislate effectively, by making informed decisions based on evidence and better regulation principles. And given the central role that Europe’s technology industries have to play in this transformation, Orgalim is fully committed to support the process of turning strategy into impactful action. We have published five new position papers since September on the free trade agreement expert group, on the Trans-European Networks for Energy regulation, on the Circular Economy Action Plan, on the trade policy review and on the upcoming delegated act for internet-connected radio equipment and wearables. And we have been closely involved in setting up the new European Parliament Intergroup, ‘Sustainable, long-term investments & competitive European industry’, which launches on 26 October with an exciting virtual event featuring European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, and Orgalim President Rada Rodriguez, as well as the Intergroup Co-Chairs and DG GROW Director, Kerstin Jorna.
The second wave of the Covid-19 virus across Europe is a painful reminder of the uncertainty that we still face. The latest data show just how hard Europe’s technology industries have already been hit and underscore how vital it is that we get the upcoming policy steps in Europe right. Together with our members, Orgalim will continue to champion the role of our industries in shaping a green, digital and resilient Europe. I look forward to seeing members at our virtual General Assembly in November and to continuing to work together with all of you on the critical milestones ahead.
Stay well, stay safe,